Media Release - City West Water commits to Reconciliation Action Plan

22 October 2015
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City West Water has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), as part of their ongoing commitment to maintaining and supporting relationships with the local indigenous community.

The RAP acknowledges City West Water’s commitment to raising awareness among their staff and stakeholders of the significant contribution and history of the local and broader indigenous culture.

Launched in National Reconciliation Week in June this year, the RAP was developed by City West Water to acknowledge and respect the traditional owners of the land where the organisation works and provides service to their customers and community, and to work with local indigenous communities to create better outcomes for City West Water and the community.

The RAP enables City West Water to respect the history and culture of the indigenous communities within and outside their service area, as much as they are committed to the many other communities which reside within their service area.

City West Water Managing Director Anne Barker said water businesses have a commitment to contribute to the social fabric of the community they serve.

“Water is a large part of people’s health and wellbeing and contributes to the social fabric of communities,” Ms Barker said.

“City West Water is committed to maintaining and supporting our relationships with the local community through the Reconciliation Action Plan, as well as other initiatives such as the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign and Greening the West.”

Demonstrating its commitment to the RAP, City West Water has begun incorporating aspects of the plan into its business practices, and designing projects to factor in cultural heritage.

A multimillion dollar stormwater harvesting project recently commissioned in Keilor took cultural heritage into account as part of the project design. The Green Gully Reserve Stormwater Project, set among an important cultural landscape to the Wurundjeri people in the Maribyrnong Valley, was richly covered in artefacts. Having implemented a Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the site, nearly 300 stone tool artefacts were discovered during works on the site, some of which are thought to be over 8000 years old.

As a result, City West Water relocated the proposed site for a storage tank to avoid impacting the area where the artefacts were found. This area of land has now been officially recorded as an Aboriginal Place on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register. The artefacts, a rare find, will be used for educational purposes in future.

City West Water partnered with Reconciliation Australia to produce their Reconciliation Action Plan. \

Examples of the 285 artefacts found, 99% silcrete and 1% quartz. (Image courtesy of AHMS)